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Goalie Reimer to start for Florida; Columbus goes with Korpisalo

by Alain Poupart / Correspondent

BLUE JACKETS (2-1-0) at PANTHERS (0-0-1)

7 p.m. ET; FS-F, FS-O, NHL.TV


The Game

Goalie James Reimer will start for the Florida Panthers when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets in their home opener at BB&T Center on Thursday.

Reimer played 32:30 in a 2-1 shootout loss against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Panthers' season opener Saturday after replacing Roberto Luongo in the second period. Luongo, expected to be out 2-4 weeks with a knee injury, was placed on injured reserve Monday. 

Goalie Joonas Korpisalo will make his second start of the season for the Blue Jackets; he made 18 saves in a 3-2 overtime win at the Detroit Red Wings on Oct. 4.


Players to watch

Blue Jackets forward Artemi Panarin has two goals in three games, each a game-winner.

Reimer was 7-1-0 with a 2.11 goals-against average, .939 save percentage and two shutouts in his final nine appearances last season, but is 2-6-1 with a 3.62 GAA and .891 save percentage in nine games against Columbus.


They said it

"I think they've gotten a lot of confidence out of that run. Although it wasn't successful, I think it built some confidence with some really good players here." -- Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella on the Panthers' finish to the 2017-18 season.

"I've been saying it's almost like football, playing once a week. We're happy to kind of finish up practicing for the week and really start to bear down and start playing some games." -- Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad


Blue Jackets projected lineup

Artemi Panarin -- Pierre-Luc Dubois -- Cam Atkinson

Nick Foligno -- Alexander Wennberg -- Oliver Bjorkstrand

Boone Jenner -- Riley Nash -- Josh Anderson

Sonny Milano -- Lukas Sedlak -- Anthony Duclair

Zach Werenski -- David Savard

Ryan Murray -- Markus Nutivaara

Adam Clendening -- Scott Harrington

Joonas Korpisalo

Sergei Bobrovsky

Scratched: Markus Hannikainen, Dean Kukan

Injured: Seth Jones (knee), Brandon Dubinsky (oblique)


Panthers projected lineup

Evgenii Dadonov -- Aleksander Barkov -- Nick Bjugstad

Jonathan Huberdeau -- Vincent Trocheck -- Mike Hoffman

Frank Vatrano -- Jared McCann -- Denis Malgin

Troy Brouwer -- Juho Lammikko -- Colton Sceviour

Keith Yandle -- Aaron Ekblad

Mike Matheson -- Mark Pysyk

Jacob MacDonald - Alexander Petrovic

James Reimer

Michael Hutchinson

Scratched: MacKenzie Weegar

Injured: Roberto Luongo (knee), Derek MacKenzie (upper body), Jamie McGinn (back), Bogdan Kiselevich (upper body)


Status report

MacKenzie, injured against the Lightning on Saturday, is day to day. … MacDonald will be in the lineup again after playing 10:28 and scoring in his first NHL game. … Lammikko will make his NHL debut after being recalled from Springfield of the American Hockey League on Tuesday.


Stat pack

Columbus has a four-game winning streak against Florida and is 15-3-2 in its past 20 meetings. … Florida is 7-1-0 in its past eight home openers.

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